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CBS
Dec 27, 2012 12:00pm PST
: president obama and the senate cut short their holiday vacations to work out a last-minute deal to avoid the "fiscal cliff." they have less than five days to come to agreement before tax hikes and spending cuts kick in. senate majority leader harry reid has a plan to let tax cuts expire for households making more than $250,000 a year along with short-term spending cuts instead of the long-term cuts that would happen if there is nodule. >> the american people are waiting for the ball to drop but it's not going to be a good drop because americans' taxes are approaching the wrong direction. >> reporter: negotiations between president obama and house republican leaders stalled last week. the house is now leaving it up to the democratic-controlled senate to solve the problem before the new year deadline. in addition to the "fiscal cliff," treasury secretary timothy geithner warned congress that the u.s. is close to hitting its debt limit of $16.4 trillion. geithner saved the government will take steps to allow more burrough after december 31. danielle nottingham, cbs news, washington. >>> let
CBS
Jan 1, 2013 12:00pm PST
class families will wake up today to the assurance that their taxes won't go up $2,200 each. >> reporter: president obama praised the senate agreement and urged the house to act without delay. capitol hill is quiet right now after an unprecedented late night. normally these halls would stay empty on new year's day but both the house and senate are in session with billions of dollars in spending cuts and tax increases on the rise. lawmakers missed the january 1st deadline but the bill will be retroactive. many taxpayers across the nation are frustrated that lawmakers waited so long to act. >> the whole system is flawed. it's terrible that it takes this long to get something done. >> it's been frustrating. >> reporter: if the measure becomes law, it will be the first significant bipartisan tax increase since 1990. the deal also would extend unemployment benefits and it would also prevent a spike in milk prices. live on capitol hill, danielle nottingham. frank, back to you. >> danielle, what if the house approves this today? what's the process and when will we, if we do feel an
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